1999/0198 Mereenie and Ulampawarru (Haasts Bluff Mountains)

Mereenie and Ulampawarru (Haasts Bluff Mountains)

Artist

Long Tom TJAPANANGKA
Indigenous
Birth:
c 1930
 in
Lupul, Sir Frederick Range, Western Australia
Mitjili NAPURRULA
Indigenous
Birth:
c 1946
 in
Haasts Bluff (Ikuntji), Northern Territory

Artwork

Title
Mereenie and Ulampawarru (Haasts Bluff Mountains)
Date
1999
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Dimensions
182.0 x 283cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 1999
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1999/0198
Currently on display (GALLERY 1 SPECIAL EXHIBITON GALLERY in GALLERY BUILDING)

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Curatorial insightThe partnership between Long Tom Tjapanangka and Mitjili Napurrula, as husband and wife, highlights the long understood, accepted and expected practice of collaboration in cultural activities, encompassing all aspects of Indigenous life. The collaborative canvases of Tjapanangka and Napurrula are part of an ongoing continuum, an enacting of practices that have taken place forever - caring for culture, encouraging individual style, yet remembering communal ownership. Mereenie and Ulampuwarru is executed in the style immediately associated with Tjapanangka's representation of country in its spare depiction of puli (large rocks), the landscape that features so prominently in his work. The dynamic use of vibrant colour - red, yellow and deep brown ochre - combine in a dynamic way to represent the shimmering heat bouncing off the rocks of the desert. Napurrula is perhaps better known for her dense iconographic paintings depicting bush tomato and flowers, but her hand is present in this sparse and compelling collaboration. (Croft, Indigenous Art: Art Gallery of Western Australia, 2001)

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